Post # 1
I am overworked and overtired. I develop medical devices and my job has been 100% covid-19/coronavirus related for months. Lots of weekend and overnights (I usually work on global teams that accomodate US schedules but with this crisis, all bets are off and I have calls at all hours because its just necessary). I also have a 10 month old baby who has MOTN feedings. And we’re choosing to keep our nanny home right now. I am SO TIRED. But its not like I can say no to any of it (work or baby lol).
Anyway, we pushed several products through the FDA and EU and I received several bonuses for that. The smallest one is $750. These are extra from my regular bonuses so I’d like to use that one just for ME, guilt-free. I can’t buy time (I wish!) but maybe something to asplurge on. I really can’t think of anything. Any suggestions for the $750 one for a quick pick-me-up? I already set aside the larger one for a CHANEL bag later this year (my first!) so there’s that. It has to be tangible since obviously no spas are open. My DH does all the cooking so Blue Apron or the like doesn’t help me. The only thing I’m into is skincare and I have enough of my products. And “save it” is not an option. I need to reward myself before I have a mental breakdown!
Post # 2
I might get slammed for this but seems a little tone-deaf to post about what you should splurge on to a group of people with varying degrees of hardship right now. Enjoy it and be proud of it for sure, but do you really need to ask strangers for inspiration on what unnecessary items to buy? This would be a fun conversation with a friend who’s also not affected by job loss, the plunging market, a sick loved one, etc. but maybe I’ve just been clicking on the wrong, depressing threads and it’s getting to me.
I got my bonus right before everything went down, thankfully, and I donated a large portion of it to our favorite animal shelter that is struggling right now like all non-profits and put the rest in savings. We recently bought a new house and I had planned to use it to buy some beautiful accent furniture, but am putting that on hold for now.
Post # 3
You having a little extra money has zero tangible impact on others. I’m all for celebrating hard work. Maybe a few pairs of new shoes? New electronics? Or even new bedding?
Post # 4
splurge on a fancy catered meal with amazing wine? I know a few local high-end restaurants in my area have added curbside pick up or delivery to their services while the dining rooms are closed. That way your husband gets a night off from cooking and you can both just sit and relax with something delicious while the baby sleeps and you turn off your phone for an hour or two. Depending on your tastes you might be able to do this a few times!
Post # 5
if I had extra money to spend, I might get myself a pretty piece of jewelry. You could get a nice pendant or ring. Or you could save it up for a trip after this is over.
Post # 6
This is no more tone deaf than any of the jewelry posts. You’ve also titled this post appropriately, so anyone who doesn’t want to read about your shopping doesn’t have to read it.
Picking up a fancy meal at a local restaurant and getting a great bottle of wine like a PP suggested would be a great way to splurge and support a local business. If you call to explain the situation, they may be happy to whip up something really special.
ETA: $750 is a good amount of money for “upgrades”. Here’s what I mean: If you need new shoes and you’d normally spend $200 on a pair, you can move to a $400 pair. If jeans are normally a $70 purchase, you can spend $200. If you use the $750 to bump some of your normal expenses into a slightly higher tier over time, you’ll wind up with a few nicer items instead of one special item. I’d start with something that was on your to-buy list already. Need a new laptop? spend a couple hundred to get the fancier model.
Post # 7
$750 is a great budget for a piece of jewelry – you could get a really nice diamond piece from lightbox!
I really enjoy lux loungewear and pajamas. Like a new pair of lululemon leggings makes me megahappy. There’s a lot of fancy pajamas I’m eyeing up – great for a work from home!
I disagree that this is tone deaf. OP is experiencing hardship too – she is being worked to the bone with no reprieve in sight! She is working hard on mission critical medication for society and highly tiring work of raising a family. Not all hardship is the same.
Post # 8
If you don’t want to read a post about splurging, then don’t click on a splurge titled post! This is like saying no one should post on the bee about finding out they are pregnant, because there are so many bees that struggle with infertility. If the title of a post tells you it’s not about a topic you can or want to contribute to, then just don’t read it.
Post # 9
Since you already have a bag lined up, I’d get jewelry!
Post # 10
I’d probably spend it on something for the garden. We only bought our house 14 months ago and didn’t have the money to buy any garden furniture/invest in much more than doing up the grass, but I do love being in it. A nice sun lounger or something – so I had a quiet space to go relax – would do me nicely.
Post # 11
oh yes I love this idea. I would love to pick out some new patio furniture to enjoy the rapidly improving weather!
Post # 12
Fair enough. I have to admit my curiosity got the better of me, seeing this post amongst others such as I Have to Cancel My Wedding, Father-In-Law has Covid, Recently Divorced, Quaratined Alone, and Lonely, and Will I Have to Give Birth Alone?
I was so surprised to see it at a time like this, where I can’t seem to escape the bad and sad news. Quarantining has been wonderful for me personally, professionally, and financially but I’m very selective about who I have shared that info with during this time, even strangers here, in an effort to be sensitive, but perhaps that was silly.
Post # 13
Thank you for the work you are doing.
What about a fabulous pair of boots or a new coat? If it was me I’d probably go for a piece of jewelry. Or maybe the 8 qt Kitchen Aid or the Dyson I haven’t been able to justify. Have fun deciding, you’ve earned it.
Post # 14
I’m a sucker for home decor so like others said some patio furniture or something for inside.
If you dont have any of the Dyson hair tools like the blow dryer or air wrap then those could be good too!
Post # 15
I don’t know what I’d get with that money at the moment, maybe a piece of jewellery, some nice wine, some amazing gin and some treats for the bath?
But I’m mostly commenting to say thank you for the work you are doing! You’re working so hard and all hours to provide much needed medical supplies for other people during this pandemic. Of course it’s appropriate to treat yourself with your bonus? How would you having a burn out or being miserable help this situation at all? Ridiculous.
Thank you and absolutely treat yourself!
edited to add: I say this as someone high risk, with a loved one who is ill and whilst currently doing very depressing work to help vulnerable children locked down is unsafe homes. Seeing nice posts like this is escapism and we need that. Enjoying what we can is important for mental health.